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06 Nov - From Sussex Police introducing their new Local Policing Model. "Since 2015 we have embarked on a transformational change programme. We have looked at every element of our local policing service, determining how we can manage more demand with fewer people [I would argue the two things are related!] and meet the new and emerging threats facing our communities." More info on the model here....


06 Nov - Beach Work Update - Work at Normans Bay and Beachlands will finish today, with machines moving to PBSC from where they will re-supply 'White Horses' and Martello tower 64. All machines apart from the bulldozer will finish – for now – on Wednesday or Thursday. The bulldozer will continue to complete minor repairs and in some places push up the berm that has formed over the current spring tides. Although the second November spring tide is quite low, the first week in December unusually sees an 8.0mCD tide, so we will be avidly watching the forecast as December approaches. Pevensey Coasal Defence Ltd...


27 Oct - Operation Blitz - Sussex Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to their Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups, join Operation Blitz. To do so create an account and sign in to it at: www.Intheknow.community... Then go to Community Interests, bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", then tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.


22 Oct - Community Centre Plans Approved - On Friday (20th) EBC hastily published the Community Centre conditional Planning Permission along with a Supplemental Deed of Agreement between EBC, East Sussex CC, and Carillion (and a couple of their subsidiary companies).

The Planning Permission is conditional upon several matters including plans for the footpath linking the centre to the Waterfront car park area, plans for a pedestrian island crossing on the retail park access road, drainage and tree protection measures etc.

The Deed of Agreement commits Carillion to pay the outstanding community hall contribution of £700,000 (another £100,000 having already been contributed by them), and commits EBC to build and manage the hall. Amongst other things, it also grants pedestrian access to a planned pathway linking the community hall with the Waterfront car park, and sets out a maximum service charge for the use of the car park, capped for the first five years.


22 Oct - Dog on Leads on Harbour Paths - EBC have published the results of their public consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne. The proposals consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

EBC have confirmed that, having had full regard to the public consultation feedback, the following orders would be authorised, to commence on 20th October 2017: Dog on Lead PSPO This is a combination of the council’s existing Dog Control Order for Dogs on Lead with the following addition: The public walkways around Sovereign Harbour Marina all year round.  This means that on the harbour walkways dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

To read more and the full consultation report click here to visit the EBC website...


30 Oct -Latest Update from Pevensey Coastal Defence - Current forecasts suggest that the early November spring tides (4th–8th November), will be accompanied by relatively calm conditions. Although a series of depressions is set to cross the Atlantic to the south of Iceland, current models show high pressure over Europe holding firm and keeping them well to the north of us. Of course there is plenty of time for things to change.

In the meantime the recycling team will start to move west away from Cooden from today, tidying the beach as they go. The next few days will see shingle moved from Herbrand Walk and East Stream to Normans Bay East and then Normans Bay to Beachlands towards the end of the week.  This will most likely continue into the early part of next week, finishing at 'White Horses'/Sovereign Harbour. Assuming the forecast is accurate, then I would expect most machines to leave the beach by the middle of next week. Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd...


19 Oct - Beach Work Update - From  Ian Thomas Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd - Because of the deteriorating weather, bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour stopped last night so that bulldozers could work on sea defences at Beachlands and Normans Bay East ahead of the arrival of Storm Brian on Saturday. They will work there this evening, tomorrow evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening.

Undoubtedly the beach crest will be eroded in many places, and a recycling team is standing by to start permanent repair work from 06:00 on Monday morning, along with the two bulldozers. They can’t work everywhere at once, but with two weeks before even bigger tides on 4 – 8 November, we will endeavour to get everything back in place by then. Hopefully the current forecasts are right and conditions are getting better rather than worse.


18 Oct - False News? - The Eastbourne Herald reports that "construction of a new community centre is now underway at Sovereign Harbour", and our local councilors, David Tutt (leader of EBC) and other officials turned out on site 6 for a photo-call to trumpet the occasion.

Yet, according to the ECB web site the planning application (170162) for the community centre has not yet been approved. Perhaps they are confusing the centre with the recently approved access road (see below) which is as much to do with the proposed offices development as with the community centre. Read more....


18 Oct - EBC Approve Plans for Community Centre Access Road on Site 6 - The application proposes the erection of a road across the site to give access to the community centre proposed in the south-west corner of the site (application 170162, still awaiting a decision), and later to facilitate access to the employment and office space granted outline consent under application 131002.

The proposed road is 6m in width to allow two-way traffic with a pavement on one side. The road will be used for disabled access and servicing of the community centre, with future access provision to office and business uses as the site is further developed. Access to the road will be controlled by some type of barrier, the design of which is yet to be agreed. Decision document... Access road plan...


13 Oct - A Third Week of Shingle Bypassing - Announcement from Ian Thomas, Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. "The last two or three days have seen some strong winds, which have moved additional shingle east on to the southern Sovereign Harbour breakwater.  Whilst machines are on the beach it seems sensible to move this material now rather than have to come back again in a few weeks’ time.  Therefore we will continue work into a third week, although it is unclear at this time whether there is sufficient shingle available to last the full five days. It is also sensible to bypass the extra material now, because if left too long, there is greater risk of it being driven past the rock spur and round the end of the breakwater. Once inside the breakwaters it is a much more time consuming operation for it to be removed, which also has to be done tidally rather than during daylight hours as is currently the case.   Hopefully once this work is completed, there will be no further requirement to bypass shingle round the harbour until early 2018." Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd External link logo


11 Oct - Councillors’ Devolved Budget Colours Verges -Sovereign Ward Councillors Gordon Jenkins, Penny di Cara and Paul Metcalfe have allocated more than £300 of their devolved budget towards the planting of purple crocus bulbs for the grass verges along Atlantic Drive and at the Sovereign Centre end of Princes Road. Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club External link logo is providing the bulbs and they represent the Purple4Polio campaign, which is aiming to eradicate polio. If you have a community project which would benefit from funding, please contact your Ward Councillor


10 Oct - Seasons Restaurant Sold - The Eastbourne Herald reports that Seasons deli/bistro at The Waterfront has been sold after administrators were brought in. The administrators of Bright Ideas Studio Limited, which traded as Seasons Restaurant and Coffee Lounge at The Waterfront successfully concluded a sale of the company’s business and assets to 4 Seasons (Eastbourne) Limited. The restaurant remains open and continues trading. Read more.... External link logo


10 Oct - Longer Takeaway Hours for Harbour Grill approved. EBC have approved the application to change the hours of operation of the business (not including external seating area) to 9:00am - 11:30pm on Sunday to Thursday and 9:00am to 12:30am Friday and Saturday. The outdoor seating area hours are 09:00am - 22:00 Sunday to Saturday with takeaway only after 22:00.


09 Oct - Haven School Tours. For any parent of a child starting school in September 2018, The Haven CE VA Methodist Primary School is holding five tours of the school where you are able to come and meet the Headteacher, Mrs Trathen, ask any questions you have regarding admission to Mrs Bundy the schools admissions officer, and have a tour of the school.

The dates and times are Tuesday 31st October 10.45 am, Thursday 2nd November 10.45 am, Monday 6th November 2.15 pm, Thursday 16th November 2.15 pm and Wednesday 22nd November 6.00 pm.  We kindly ask that no children attend these tours of the school, as the tours can take up-to 1 hour.  If you would like to book your space please contact Mrs Bundy on 01323 471781 option 0.


09 Oct - Annual Rentcharge Chart - a chart showing the flow of monies from the annual estate rentcharge demand was published in the October edition of Waterlines. It is also available for download from our Rentcharge page...


03 Oct - Stand up for East Sussex - East Sussex County Council are asking the people of East Sussex to sign their petition on Change.org External link logo which calls on the Government to give our county a fairer deal. East Sussex has made savings of £112 million since the start of the decade. The ESCC petition to the Prime Minister calls for an urgent re-think about the resources it gives to East Sussex and the real difficulties that cuts in funding mean for many people who live here. More info on this ESCC web page... External link logo



01 Oct
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Rentcharge Board Appointments - in early September 2017, more than a year since their nomination by the Environment Agency, SHRA committee member, Cllr Penny di Cara, and former SHRA Chairman, Jan Weeks were formally appointed to the Board of the Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) Community Interest Company Ltd.), the subsidiary of the Sovereign Harbour Trust. Jan and Penny will work along with current board member, harbour resident Rick Runalls (also a former Chair of SHRA), to ensure that the business of the Trust and CIC is properly conducted. There is more information about the Trust and the CIC on our Rentcharge page...  

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